Tuesday, April 27, 2010
picture taken from www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Di
Lately I have been swamped with things to-do, hence you have not seen me around lately. Crazy how things can pile up when you aren't looking and then bam! it's there with a vengeance! Our townhouse lease is up and since we sold our house (finally!!! we moved to a different state about 2 years ago in June!), we are searching for a better place to live. We aren't in the market to purchase just yet - after trying to sell a house in a terrible market, we have had our fair share of owning for now. In addition, we aren't sure if we want to stay in America as I am currently working on my husband to move back to Japan or Australia. So, we are searching... searching... searching... we have one dog and one cat, so it's hard to find a place that will take both animals while still not taking advantage of us for being animal lovers and adopting two animals.
Anyways, we had just looked at another townhouse and stopped in by a local vegan coffee house/cafe. It was the first time we had been there and boy were we thrilled with the results. Not only was it a comfortable place to relax and drink some iced coffee but they also had some yummy healthy treats! We splurged a little and went for a "everything vegan cookie" but eyed the chickpea burgers, black bean burgers, lentil salads and so on available made each day. It's good to know that there is a place such as this one hidden beyond Fast Food Lane.
After our coffee run, my husband wanted to go to the local library. It's a small one (let's face it, the libraries in the Cleveland area are so small my elementary school in Michigan had a larger one) but we are thankful for the free loans of books if they have any available. I was able to find Vegan with a Vengeance (which I was going to purchase but this way I can test it out first), Omega 3 Cookbook, and Peta Vegan College Cookbook. Thrilled that these were finally in I checked them all out! Usually vegan cookbooks around here have around a 400 person waiting line so I usually end up purchasing them online instead of waiting - I still have a problem with patience... haha
Finally I found a book (as I was searching for my husband) called Dietgirl. Apparently her story was popular a few years ago however I had not heard of her since I usually do not watch television. She lost about 2 adult people in weight and the book is about her story. It is also a love story of how she met and married her husband. I found the book very entertaining and a very easy read. There were many things that I found interesting that I would love to share with everyone but this blog is getting a little long. So, maybe I will make this into a two part series. One of the best things that I found out about her story is that we are not that much different. We both let our bodies call to order what we are going to do in our lives. For instance, she has a story in the book that when she was heavier, she used to say "I can't do that because I'm too heavy!" I find this very interesting because I do the same thing even though I have lost a good portion of my weight. She even used this excuse for not making tea! I have to admit, I'm not that lazy however I do have my terrible moments.
Anyone else use this excuse? Or maybe feel this way at times? I think that we should all make a list of things that we are afraid to do because we think our weight stands in the way of doing things that we have always wanted to do. Okay, so maybe doing everything possible right now isn't available such as fitting into a size zero but we can at least start with our toes! Let's get out there and do it!
Friday, April 23, 2010
(Thanks www.cagle.com/news/FatLowFat/2.asp for the cartoon)
Still more than one week after reading "The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by Thomas Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell I am mulling over different options in the grocery stores today. Ever where I look there are comments about going "low-fat" and "low-calorie" to reduce pounds around our trouble bellies, but are highly processed products really going to assist in slimming us down? I found the whole chapter terribly interesting and have to shake my head when I read that people are purchasing these "healthy" options instead of going for more natural products. Seriously one pound of low-fat cheese is more processed, high in other categories usually such as sodium and are usually more expensive. I still think moderation is the key while sticking to more natural ingredients. More processing to a product means your body has to process the item more and can result in more healthy problems in the future. But anyways, I just thought I would share a small portion of the chapter with everyone that is thinking about purchasing these items instead of helping out local farmers by purchasing the real deal.
Page 276: Scientific Reductionism
Chart 14:4 Low-Fat and High-Fat American Dinners (One Person's Dinner)
Low Fat Meal #1:
Dinner: 8oz roasted turkey, low-fat gravy, golden roasted potatoes, 1 cup skim milk, nonfat yogurt and reduced-fat cheesecake
High-Fat Meal #2:
4.5oz pan-seared steak, green beans almondine, herb-seasoned potato pockets, water, and apple crisp
Which one sounds healthier to the body of someone trying to lose weight or staying healthy to you?
Chart 14.5 Nutrient Contents of the Two Meals
Low fat Meal #1:
Fat 22%, Protein 36% (from total calories), cholesterol 307
High-fat Meal #2:
Fat 54%, Protein 16% (from total calories), cholesterol 165
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Food oh glorious food! Isn't it wonderful to know that when you are losing weight you must actually eat tasty, colorful foods? And lots of it! Hard work but I am glad to sit down each meal and enjoy my rainbow colored foods. My goal lately has been to add a few different colors to our table. These colors are supposed to be real, not anything processed to make the color pronounced. It has been working great and my husband (who is trying to gain weight) has mentioned that he is feeling more energy and loves opening his bento full of colors at work. It's uplifting! With fruits and veggies you can make it happen! Since it's Earth Day today, why not try it out too!
Breakfast: Again, yesterday I had the same meal - yes, I'm in a rut! But, I did get up early and provide my husband with a warm meal. It was Scrambled Tortillas. This recipe was from Vegan Brunch. For some reason it didn't look good to me (maybe because I'm addicted to sprouted bread lately) but I sent it packing with the husband. We were running late so we didn't have our normal breakfast at home together. Some days that just happens doesn't it. ^_^ Hubster said it was wonderful however he really wanted to have more sauce since it gave the dish some taste. It was similar to a sort of creamy tofu with tortilla sauce on it. It was a wonderful smell the whole morning at least. Doesn't look the best in a bento but taste is more important right?
Lunch: Leftovers from last night
Dinner: Since it was sunny outside, I decided that we were going to have some lovely vegan "salads". I really don't like to say the word salad because every-time I think of the term, it reminds me of a lettuce salad. Not sure why... So, we had Mediterranean Lima Bean with Tomatoes, Olives and Tofu (from Vegan Planet); Five Spice Moroccan Couscous Salad (sweet taste) (Vegan Dad online); and finally some leftover Quinoa Tabbouleh from the other day. We laid out our picnic blanket outside our front door and had a lovely time nibbling on the salads and eating freshly cut strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe. Yum! Sometimes it is just nice to mix things up a little and have a picnic outdoors. I have to admit I forgot to take a photo of all the salads and the picnic - sorry. Here's the Lima bean salad.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sorry for my absence yesterday, there was Sunshine!!! It finally crept closer to 70F/21.1C yesterday!!! So, I did all my housework and work early in the morning so that I could spend some much needed time out in the sun! I had two glorious hours alone outdoors (well, with one furry baby) just reading and listening to music while sunbathing! It was so pleasant and definitely an uplifting experience. There is nothing like a good day of sunshine while relaxing to get you pumped up and ready to get out there again. When the hubster got home, we went for a slow but steady 5K run. We have been running 10K but we decided that we would just enjoy our run and relax while taking in the vitamin E.
Lately running problems... Before we received our shoe parcels, I had started to get a few pains here and there. Mostly I had some pain in my hips... I have a slight irritating pain in my hip area (it switches legs) the day after I run. It is the strangest thing since I have never had any issue with my hips but lately it just started happening. We have consistently been running about 5 days a week and now I'm walking with one of my furry babies twice a day. So, there isn't that much of a change - besides an extra few miles a week. After some research, I think I am running with too long of strides and creating a slight pain that shouldn't be creeping in. So, I am hoping right now that my pains will go away after I have these new shoes and pay more attention to my strides. Anyone else have this issue?
In addition for the last two days I have found that I have had stomach pains while running. Not sure why I am having these pains but I really hope to cure them. At first I thought that it was because we have been taking a a moderate tempo in running and talking at the same time. Yesterday though I kept more quiet and we went a moderate tempo again. Still, the pain in my stomach crept in again. It is almost like my diaphragm is yelling at me or something for breathing incorrectly however I am trying to pay close attention with no alleviation of the issue. Then I had some pain in my lower stomach also yesterday. Maybe drinking too much water in the daytime or something else? I'm looking for some good stretches to hopefully alleviate these pains. Know of any good ones or suggestions?
Day three of running with our new Saucony running shoes and loving them! The breathing holes are amazing - you can actually feel a slight breeze come in the sides when running - it cools off the shoes! Previously I was a Nike girl however I am addicted to the new brand shoes. They are not only more supportive but just fit into the life of a running instead of a tennis player. I personally think the shoe has to fit your foot and your fashion style to make it best for you though.
Oh, someone asked, Saucony runs about the same size for all shoes for woman but one size smaller for men. Don't know why, just what we found out. I wear a 6.5 in most shoes and purchased a 6.5 saucony shoe. Husband purchased 9 when he usually wears an 8. Hopefully that answers your question. ^_^
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